Environment Agency calls for evidence on fly-tipping

Farmers and landowners are being encouraged to share their fly-tipping concerns with the Environment Agency, to help outline the scale and impact of waste crime in England.

A new National Waste Crime Survey aims to identify which deterrents work best to avoid fly-tipping, how best to encourage individuals to report it, and to assess how effective the Environment Agency currently is in dealing with the problem.

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The findings will be analysed and submitted in a report to the Environment Agency to help determine what changes could be made to the current process.

Recent Defra figures showed that local authorities dealt with 1.09m incidents in the year ending March 2022, the equivalent of 124 fly-tipping incidents an hour.

These figures do not include fly-tipping on private land.

The survey is being conducted by market research company Systra, on behalf of the Environment Agency. It is due to run until 27 February and can be completed online on its website.

It is being supported by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Environmental Services Association, the United Resource Operators Consortium, and the National Farmers Union.